ADHD

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD Treatment at Promises

There is no cure for ADHD, although many symptoms that cause distress and interfere with functioning can be controlled. ADHD therapy and treatment often includes a combination of psychological therapies and medication. Psychosocial therapies that may be used include behavior modification, neurofeedback, psychotherapy, social skills training and participation in support groups.

We treat clients with addiction who have co-occurring ADHD. Often people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate ADHD symptoms. At Promises, we create a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses both of these issues. Clients meet with our medical team to determine if medication is appropriate to help ease ADHD symptoms and any other co-occurring mental health issues. They work with an expert behavioral health team to address any other underlying issues that may be fueling substance abuse and exacerbating their mental health condition.

About ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder commonly affects children and adolescents and can continue into adulthood. People with ADHD generally find it hard to concentrate or pay attention, become easily bored or frustrated with tasks, have difficulty following directions, act impulsively, and are always on the move. These behaviors interfere with the individual’s ability to function at home and at school.

Adults with ADHD may have difficulties with:

  • Managing time
  • Setting goals
  • Staying organized
  • Maintaining steady employment

They may also suffer from:

  • Poor self-esteem
  • Impulsivity
  • Anger management issues
  • Mood swings
  • Frustration tolerance
  • Chronic boredom
  • Procrastination
  • Addictions

The exact causes of ADHD are not known. Several factors are believed to be involved, including heredity, chemical imbalance and changes in the brain. Other factors that may contribute to the development or trigger symptoms of ADHD include poor nutrition, exposure to toxins and a brain disorder or an injury to the brain. If symptoms become so troublesome they are interfering with everyday functioning, an individual may consider residential treatment in ADHD treatment centers.

Diagnosing ADHD

There are no lab tests to diagnose ADHD. If symptoms are present, a physician will begin by taking a complete medical history and conducting a thorough exam. Blood and other tests may be used to determine if there is a physical disorder or other problem causing the condition. Since certain mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, have symptoms similar to ADHD, a thorough psychiatric assessment must be performed in order to accurately diagnose ADHD. Research suggests that neurofeedback may enhance ADHD therapy outcomes, particularly among clients with attention deficit disorders and stimulant abuse. Depending on the severity of symptoms, healthcare professionals may recommend medication, outpatient ADHD therapy or inpatient ADHD treatment centers.

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